Alabama Bans Abortion in almost all Cases Including Rape

Source: Premier
The Alabama Senate has passed a law that says abortions should not be allowed in any circumstances apart from at risk to the mother's life.
Cara Bentley | 16 May 2019

The Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 in favour of the law on Tuesday, which will need to be approved by the state governor, Kay Ivey, before being put into practice.

The Senate is made up of 27 Republicans and eight Democrats currently and if signed into law by Republican Ms Ivey, the bill would take effect in six months.

 

It would mean that any doctor who supplies and performs an abortion would be punishable with a sentence of between 10 and 99 years in prison. The mother would not be punished.

Pro-life campaigners are hoping that it will be challenged and taken to the Supreme Court to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that made abortion a legal right in the US in 1973.

Katie Brookfield, a Christian and researcher on sexual ethics in the church told Premier she disagreed with the Alabama law change, saying: “The reality is that making abortion illegal does not end abortion, it only drives it underground where it’s extremely dangerous and therefore it’s only going to end safe abortions.

“The places that have the strictest laws on abortion actually have the highest abortion rate. So, for example, in El Salvador, it’s completely illegal and it’s got higher rates than in the US and I think, as a Christian as well, I find that abortion and unplanned pregnancy is a reality of an imperfect and broken world.

“I don’t believe that any woman wishes to be in a situation where she has to make such a difficult decision and I vehemently disagree with the perpetuation of the myth that women have abortions casually as a form of contraception.”

Christian Hacking, a pro-life campaigner, told Premier the decision of the Senators should challenge Christians in the UK: “The Alabama ruling is a fantastic, it’s a step in the right direction. Why? Because behind this legislation are Christian men and women who’ve correctly realised that when it comes to abortion, you’re not dealing with one person, fearfully and wonderfully made, being the mother, you’re actually dealing with two people, fearfully and wonderfully made, the mother and the child growing inside of her womb.”

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